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(p. 52) Barriers and Facilitators to Acceptance of Mental Illness 

(p. 52) Barriers and Facilitators to Acceptance of Mental Illness
(p. 52) Barriers and Facilitators to Acceptance of Mental Illness

Lauren Mizock

and Zlatka Russinova

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date: 27 July 2021

A number of barriers and facilitators have been theorized to impact the process of accepting serious mental illness. This chapter discusses the identified barriers and facilitators to acceptance of mental illness, using excerpts from research interviews with participants with serious mental illness. Barriers and facilitators are described as occurring at the micro level (cognitive, emotional, behavioral, identity-related), meso level (relational), and macro level (cultural, systemic). The ability of practitioners and clinicians to support change with individual clients at the micro and meso levels is discussed. The need for acceptance of mental illness on a societal level is also explored. A clinical strategies list, discussion questions, activities, the “Barriers and Facilitators to Acceptance Worksheet,” and diagrams are also included.

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